RIP, Michael Parlapiano

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 2:04pm  |  COMMENTS (10)

Family and friends are grieving the sudden death Thursday night of 21-year-old Montclair resident Michael Parlapiano, a sophomore at Champlain College in Vermont. According to a report on, witnesses said Parlapiano collapsed and became unresponsive at an off-campus party.
Baristanet joins the community in mourning this untimely death. We ask that commenters show kindness in respect for Parlapiano and his family.

2 A.M. Is The New 1 A.M.

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

clocks 2 am.jpgHow long does it take to set your clocks back an hour? If you’ve got tons of time-keeping devices in your home, like our photo editor, Fran Liscio, you’ll lose more than an hour tonight.
Say goodbye to daylight savings time before you go to bed. If you’re confused about what time it really is, you can always check here.
The end of Daylight Savings Time is also time to put fresh batteries in home and office smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Caldwell Knows How To Decorate

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (4)

A tip of the mask to Caldwell for turning Bloomfield Avenue lampposts there into a Halloween version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Go take a look before the Charlie Brown, Spiderman and Dorothy come down, making way for whatever’s next. Reindeer? Snowflakes?
Photos and slide show by Elizabeth Garcia.

Happy Halloween Barista Kids Young & Old

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 9:32am

-11.jpgThere much fun to be had today–we’re hitting two indoor parties starting this morning. But outdoor events may require an umbrella. Rain is scheduled for most of the day. If you hear of cancellations, please comment below, and I’ll keep you posted if my Cinderella, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook will give me a break.
Meanwhile, at left see the East Ward Halloween Parade yesterday in Newark sponsored by Mayor Booker.
BTW, do parents have to dress up for kids’ Halloween parties? I’ll be a zombie since we’ve been practicing Thriller this week at New York Sports. Zombie is way easy to pull off for a busy mom anyway.

Watching Mermaids, and the World Series, With Fran

Saturday, Oct 31, 2009 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

IMG_2088-buttock-mermaid.jpgEditor’s note: We sent our intrepid photo editor, Fran Liscio, to snap people watching the Yankees game the other night. But a few other things caught her eye.

Some people like to watch their baseball from their couch. Others prefer the conviviality of their neighborhood bistro. I visited five fine Baristaville establishments during the Yankee’s Thursday night win against the Phillies and have color-coded them into a slide show thusly: Sepia toned: Charlie Browns, Color: Tierney’s, Black and White: Egans. Holga’d-black corners: Halcyon, Super-saturated color: Erie Saloon at Walnut Street Train Station.

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2nd Ward Constituents Petition Africk on BOE Question

Friday, Oct 30, 2009 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (64)

October 29, 2009
Dear Councilor Africk:
We, the undersigned residents of the 2nd Ward were disappointed to learn that you are supporting the effort to change to an elected school board with annual school budget votes. As your constituents, we support retaining our current appointed school board. We urge you to reconsider your position and join with those who are committed to preserving our schools and our school system.

The above letter, signed by 47 of Councilor Cary Africk’s constituents, was sent to Africk last night, underscoring the divisive nature of the BOE question on Tuesday’s ballot.
Africk’s response (of course), after the jump.

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Hurrell Field: Rained Out

Friday, Oct 30, 2009 3:44pm  |  COMMENTS (3)

Glen Ridge sports fans will have to wait for the field to dry out before they can cheer high school football at Hurrell Field. Tomorrow’s game has been changed to an away game, but JV is scheduled for Monday and the high school varsity team is scheduled to play there next Saturday.
So says Michael Rohal, Glen Ridge Borough manager. Turns out there’s a problem with the gazillion dollar upgrades made to the field this summer. Rohal says there are drainage problems, which only recently became apparent, after heavy downpours.
He’s not sure if the problem stems from a design flaw or improper installation, but the borough’s hired three independent consultants to find out. When the studies are completed, says Rohal, they’ll fix the problem — but not at taxpayer’s expense. Approximately 40% of the contract funds have been withheld, so there’s cash in the bank.

Where Can You See The Animals Showing While The Pumpkins Are Glowing?

Friday, Oct 30, 2009 3:16pm

Over at the Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens this afternoon, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. In addition to cider, cookies, free pumpkins and a chance to see jack-o-lanterns glowing around the iris beds, the Essex County Turtleback Zoo is scheduled to stop by with some fun animals, too. Come with or without a jack-o-lantern to light. It’s free and all are welcome. For more info, hop over here on Baristakids.

Weekend Round-Up: Tricks & Treats

Friday, Oct 30, 2009 3:10pm

Pumpkin-lighting at Presby Iris Gardens today: 4-7 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkins to light up the gardens! Hot cider and fun for the family. After you’re done, get over to the Haunted House at Edgemont Park.
In a panic because you’re without a disguise for tomorrow night? You could run over to Montclair Art Museum, and go green using recycled bits to create your scary look, 1-4 p.m… Or, you can just face your fright, at Bangz. Halloween makeovers for all guys and ghouls, from girlie to ghastly. You’ll have to sit still for about an hour, and it costs $65 – $100 depending on how scary you get. Now, through Sunday, Nov. 1. Appointments: (973) 746-8426. BYOB (bring your own blood, glitter – call to see what you’ll need).

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Turtleback Zoo Adds To Presby “Boo!” Today At 4:00

Friday, Oct 30, 2009 3:09pm

IMG_2763-copy.jpg Wow, the Essex County Presby Memorial Gardens are pulling out all the stops this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00. Just a reminder that you can enjoy cider, cookies, take home a free pumpkin, watch the jack-o-lanterns glow and even take a gander at some fun animal friends from the Turtleback Zoo! And it’s all free–just stop by for a great time. Worried there won’t be enough free pumpkins to go around? Don’t fret–that’s Presby’s Executive Director, Linda Sercus, wheeling one of many loads of pumpkins out to the iris beds. You’re invited to bring a jack-o-lantern to light, but you’re welcome with or without. Thanks to Essex County Parks System for sponsoring this wonderful event.

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